Trail Races - Salomon Skyline Scotland

Trail Races

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The Grey Mare’s Trail 5km

With super-steep ascents and zig-zagging rocky trails, could this be Britain's toughest 5km? Don't forget to also look up for the fantastic views of Loch Leven and the surrounding Munros.

The Loch Eilde Mór 10km

This 10km will take you through gorgeous woodland to more remote territory and the lovely Loch Eilde Mór via some steep climbing. You will eventually be rewarded by tremendous views on the returning descent to the buzz of the Event Village at Kinlochleven.

The Three Mealls 18km

Feeling bold? Then go for our longest and most challenging course. Enjoy the biggest hills, the widest views and the most memorable single-track running.

 

Loch Eilde Mur Trail Race - Winner - Louis MacMillan - Copyright No Limits Photography

Stunning scenery? Check. ©No Limits Photography 

 

Club runners

You are warmly welcomed to compete, with full recognition given to club name in the entry lists and official race timing for all three Trail Races.

Is your club eligible to enter a team to compete for the Club Shield

Under 18s 

You are eligible to enter two of the three new races. Find out more

News Flash! Under 18 entries are Half Price!

How does it work?

The Trail Races use the same start/finish arena as the already established Salomon Skyline Scotland™ races, and the starting times are close too, allowing all participants to enjoy a similar level of atmosphere and event buzz. 

This also means that friends and family attending to watch participants of the established skyrunning events could run the Trail Races while they wait!  

 


Grey Mare's Trail Race - 5km

Saturday 19th September 2020 – 10:30 start (just 30 minutes after the Ring of Steall Skyrace™ start - get back in time to cheer in the first finishers!)

Skyline Scotland - Grey Mares trail race

Heading out from our grand start venue at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, and initially sharing the same first section with the famous Vertical Kilometer® (Mamores VK) race, you will feel like this is the beginning of something big, despite the seemingly modest 5km distance. There is something else about this route you see – a short but super-steep ascent on a memorable zig-zagging rocky trail in beautiful woodland. Once past the Mamore Lodge, the route levels out on a wide trail to give fantastic views west over Loch Leven and the surrounding Munros, before switching sharp left steeply down an exciting single-track section of the West Highland Way. All that remains is the final flat run-in through Kinlochleven, to the crowds at the finish. Britain’s toughest 5km trail race? We’ll let you decide.

 

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Winding trails through the woods on the return to Kinlochleven ©No Limits Photography

 

Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race - 10km

Sunday 20th September 2020 – 09:30 start (2-2.5 hours after the Ben Nevis Ultra™ & Glen Coe Skyline® start - you will likely get back in time to cheer in the first finishers!)

Skyline Scotland - Loch Eilde Mor trail race

It’s a sharp right after the start funnel for this race, because we are immediately heading into remote territory behind Kinlochleven, beside the River Leven and in gorgeous woodland. Known as the Ciaran Path, this route gradually ascends for 2.5km until a left fork is taken, and the path kicks up steeply, with the turns in the zig-zags giving tremendous views, until ‘the pipeline’ is reached. This iconic pipe carries water from the immense Blackwater Reservoir, and you follow it to its source (intake) at Loch Eilde Mór, before reaching the main wide track and turning left to begin the descent. Soon leaving the main track, the next path is quite literally a site to behold! You’ll need to watch your footing as the view might keep causing you to look up – straight across Loch Leven – a classic view and a stunning memory for this route. Once back near sea level, it’s a short dash through Kinlochleven to reach the buzz at the finish line.

Note: With this race you will be starting with the 18km runners, and there is a route split (at 2.5km) and a route convergence (at 5.5km), making these races even more stimulating!

 

Final Dscent

Enjoy some beautiful views over Loch Leven ©No Limits Photography 

 

Three Mealls Trail Race - 18km

Sunday 20th September 2020 – 09:00 start (2-2.5 hours after the Ben Nevis Ultra™ Glen Coe Skyline® start... if you're quick, you will get back to see the first finishers!)

Skyline Scotland - Three Mealls trail race

This race is the boldest of our new Trail Race series. If you want the biggest hills, widest views and the most memorable single-track running, then choose this one! Heading out alongside the River Leven, using the adored Ciaran Path, to eventually see the massive Blackwater Dam ahead, is one of the finest running experiences to be had. After the dam, the route soon kicks up on softer ground. But for a reason: you then access a terrific single-track path that winds behind the three Meall-named hills, and with views to cry for! Unusually, this route then converges to the 10km route, and faster 18km runners will meet the slower 10km runners and spur each other on - a nice touch we think. After crossing the pipe intake at Loch Eilde Mór, it’s firstly the main track then the stunning long descent path down into Kinlochleven, and the final streets to the awaiting finish line!

Note: With this race you will be starting with the 10km runners, and there is a route split (at 2.5km) and a route convergence (at 14km), making these races even more stimulating!

 

Skyline Scotland Trail Race - Runners 4 - Copyright No Limits Photography

On the 10km & 18km trail races explore the wild and rough terrain that Scotland is justifiably famous for 

©No Limits Photography

 

How to Enter?

Entries to Skyline Scotland Trail Races are NOT vetted. They are sold on a first-come, first-served basis until each race is full. Simply complete the online entry form, and bingo - you have a place!

Interest in the event is exceptional and we anticipate the trail races selling out. Please enter early to avoid disappointment - first-come, first-served.

 

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When you enter any of the trail races, you must agree to our Declaration.

Please ensure you are familiar with the Terms & Conditions of entry.

 

An Entry includes:

  • Your involvement in the UK’s greatest weekend of mountain running!
  • Finisher's medal presented to all competitors completing the race (within the course closure time)
  • A fully marshalled, waymarked and signed race route
  • Digital race timing for official results
  • A well planned and professionally organised race by Ourea Events
  • Emergency medical cover during the race
  • Mountain safety team cover during the race
  • Marshalling support and high-level manned checkpoints during the race
  • Race commentary at the start/finish arena in the Event Village 
  • Skyline Scotland™ car sticker

 

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Finisher's medal  - presented to all competitors completing the race ©No Limits Photography

 

The Courses

Digital Maps

 

Predicted Course Times

 


Details

Grey Mare's Trail Race - 5km: Recommended Clothing & Equipment

Please note that we reserve the right to make this recommended list mandatory should the weather be severe.

  1. Fell/mountain trail running shoes
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Speed 2 Unisex or Speedcross 5 Men's / Speedcross 5 Women's
    (road trainers or running shoes without a deep enough lug are NOT acceptable - the trails can be appropriately rough and wet - this is West Scotland!)
  2. Waterproof top with hood 
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jet Men's / Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jet Women's or Salomon Bonatti Pro WP Jacket Men's / Salomon Lightning WP Jacket Women's
  3. Waterproof trousers/pants
    We recommend: Salomon Bonatti WP Pants Unisex
  4. Hat, gloves/glove-mittens suitable for the weather conditions
    We recommend: Salomon Active BeanieSalomon Bonatti WP Mitten
  5. Whistle
  6. Spare warm top suitable for the weather conditions (spare means unworn at the start)​​​​ 

We recommend: A technical midlayer (see Men's / Women's) / insulated garment

  1. Some food and drink to refuel with along the trail 
  2. A ca. 5-litre pack in which to carry the above
    We recommend: Salomon Ultra Set Unisex / Salomon Advanced Skin Unisex
  3. Water bottle and / or hydration system
    We recommend: Salomon Soft Flask or Soft Reservoir

 

Loch Elide Mòr Trail Race - 10km: Mandatory Clothing & Equipment

All competitors will be subject to random kit checks at the start and finish. Anyone without the mandatory clothing and equipment will be disqualified. All competitors must carry or wear the following:

  1. Fell/mountain trail running shoes
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Speed 2 Unisex or Speedcross 5 Men's / Speedcross 5 Women's
    (road trainers or running shoes without a deep enough lug are NOT acceptable - the trails can be appropriately rough and wet - this is West Scotland!)
  2. Waterproof top with hood 
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jet Men's / Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jet Women's or Salomon Bonatti Pro WP Jacket Men's / Salomon Lightning WP Jacket Women's
  3. Waterproof trousers/pants
    We recommend: Salomon Bonatti WP Pants Unisex
  4. Hat, gloves/glove-mittens suitable for the weather conditions
    We recommend: Salomon Active BeanieSalomon Bonatti WP Mitten
  5. Whistle

Recommended items

  1. Spare warm top suitable for the weather conditions (spare means unworn at the start)
    We recommend: A technical midlayer (see Men's / Women's) / insulated garment
  2. Some food and drink to refuel with along the trail 
  3. A ca. 5-litre pack in which to carry the above
    We recommend: Salomon Ultra Set Unisex / Salomon Advanced Skin Unisex
  4. Water bottle and / or hydration system
    We recommend: Salomon Soft Flask or Soft Reservoir

 

Three Mealls Trail Race - 18km: Mandatory Clothing & Equipment

All competitors will be subject to random kit checks at the start and finish. Anyone without the mandatory clothing and equipment will be disqualified. All competitors must carry or wear the following:

  1. Fell/mountain trail running shoes
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Speed 2 Unisex or Speedcross 5 Men's / Speedcross 5 Women's
    (road trainers or running shoes without a deep enough lug are NOT acceptable - the trails can be appropriately rough and wet - this is West Scotland!)
  2. Waterproof top with hood 
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jet Men's / Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jet Women's or Salomon Bonatti Pro WP Jacket Men's / Salomon Lightning WP Jacket Women's
  3. Waterproof trousers/pants
    We recommend: Salomon Bonatti WP Pants Unisex
  4. Hat, gloves/glove-mittens suitable for the weather conditions
    We recommend: Salomon Active BeanieSalomon Bonatti WP Mitten
  5. Whistle
  6. Survival bag (not a blanket) - for the Three Mealls Trail Race only
    We recommend: Buying or reserving yours now
     

Recommended items

  1. Spare warm top suitable for the weather conditions (spare means unworn at the start)
    We recommend: A technical midlayer (see Men's / Women's) / insulated garment
  2. Some food and drink to refuel with along the trail 
  3. A ca. 5-litre pack in which to carry the above
    We recommend: Salomon Ultra Set Unisex / Salomon Advanced Skin Unisex
  4. Water bottle and / or hydration system
    We recommend: Salomon Soft Flask or Soft Reservoir

 


 

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Checkpoints

There will be a number of marshalled checkpoints on each of the routes. 

 

Location & Accommodation

Please consult this page

 

Parking

  • There is plenty of parking adjacent to the Event Village in Kinlochleven - please follow signs on arrival.  
  • Parking will be charged at £1 per visit with all proceeds going to the local Kinlochleven Community Trust - please bring along plenty of change.  
  • The local community has been very supportive of the event but has asked that visitors to the event do not park on the residential streets in Kinlochleven as they are narrow and quickly become congested. 

 

Registration

The registration marquee will be in the Event Village next to the Ice Factor in the centre of Kinlochleven. This is where mandatory registration and issue of competitors' race number will take place. Competitors should allow at least 1 hour to complete the registration process. Registration opens 90 minutes before the start of each race. Registration opening times:

  • Grey Mare’s Trail Race – From 09:00 until 09:45
  • Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race – From 07:15 until 08:45
  • Three Mealls Trail Race – From 07:15 until 08:45

 

The Start

Each of our Trail Races start from the arena in the Event Village next to The Ice Factor. There will be a real buzz at this location with the added atmosphere of the big international Skyline Scotland races starting and finishing in the same location.

Start times are as follows: 

(Competitors must ensure that they are in the start pen and ready to go 15 minutes before the start time)

  • Grey Mare’s Trail Race – Saturday 19th September – Ready at 10:15 for a 10:30 Start 
  • Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race – Sunday 20th September​ – Ready at 09:15 for a 09:30 Start
  • Three Mealls Trail Race – Sunday 20th September​ – Ready at 08:45 for a 09:00 Start 

The Loch Eilde Mòr 10km and the Three Mealls 18km Trail Races share the same start and an initial 2km of the route. At this point the two races split and there will be a prominently signed and marshalled split point. 

 

Supporters

Family, friends and members of the public are welcome to support competitors at the Event Village, which will be a hive of activity! 

 

Retirements

Any competitors retiring from any of the Trail Races must return to the Event Village in Kinlochleven by either reversing the race route, or continuing along it; whichever is fastest. Once arriving at the Event Village, it is essential that retiring competitors present themselves at the finish to check-out of the race timing and safety systems.

 

Emergencies

Any competitor requiring emergency assistance should alert a race marshal at the nearest Checkpoint along the race route. We expect fellow competitors to stop and assist another competitor in an emergency.  

 

Sweeper

There will be a course sweeper following behind the last competitor in each Trail Race.

 

Course Closure Time

There is course closure time for each Trail Race, and any competitor falling behind the average speed to complete the entire course within the course closure time may be retired at any checkpoint along the race route. The course closure times are generous, and we specifically want these Trail Races to be inclusive and encourage novice and slower runners. The course closure times are:

  • Grey Mare’s Trail Race – 12:00
  • Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race – 12:30
  • Three Mealls Trail Race – 13:00

 

Prize Ceremony

There will be a Prize Ceremony for each of the Trail Races as follows:

  • Grey Mare’s Trail Race – 12:00
  • Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race – 12:15
  • Three Mealls Trail Race – 12:30

 

Club Shield

Heard of a Club Cup? Well we're inviting clubs to enter teams to compete for a St. Andrews shield instead!

Just enter the races as you would normally and be sure to choose your club from the dropdown when prompted. Easy! Rules below.

 

Club Shield - Copyright No Limits Photography

In 2019 the Club Shield was won by Ambleside AC ©No Limits Photography 

 

How will it work?

Rules:

  • A team is automatically created from the results when:
    • one unique runner completes each of the three Skyline Scotland Trail Races (5K, 10K, and 18K) - there is no maximum number of runners your club can have entered into each race!
    • each runner must have selected the same club (from the dropdown list) upon completing their entry
    • both sexes must be represented across the three race (e.g. 2 female + 1 male or 1 female + 2 males at minimum)

 

Examples:

  • 3 male competitors from the same club finish each of the three Trail Race - will not count as a team due to missing any female competitors.
  • 2 female competitors and 1 male competitor finish with the following configuration: female 1 finishes the 10K, female 2 finishes the 18K, male 1 finishes the 5K - will count as a team.
  • 2 female competitors and 1 male competitor finish with the following configuration of race entries: female 1 finishes both the 10K, male 1 finishes the 5K, female 2 finishes the 10K - will NOT count as a team due no 18K result.
  • 3 female and 4 males competitors enter with finishers in all three races - will count as a team.

 

Scoring:

  • A score is applied to every finisher in each of the Trail Races as follows; 1st place = 1 point, 2nd place = 2 points.
  • The lowest combined score wins the Club Shield
    • these must be achieved from a mix of sexes (e.g. three female or three male scores are not valid).
  • In the event of a tie, the winning team will be the team with the least aggregate time taken across the three individual results.

 

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Under 18s

We want to encourage younger runners to participate at Skyline Scotland and the Trail Races provide that opportunity. However, we need to balance U18 participation with the particularly arduous nature of these races (they are not Park Runs!) and therefore we have the following rules:

  • Grey Mare’s Trail Race (5km)
    • 14-17 welcome to race without adult supervision if a parent/guardian accompanies them to registration
    • 12-13 welcome to race with their parent/guardian who must also accompany them to registration
    • No U12s
       
  • Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race (10km)
    • 16-17 welcome to race without adult supervision if a parent/guardian accompanies them to registration
    • 14-15 welcome to race with their parent/guardian who must also accompany them to registration
    • No U14s
       
  • Three Mealls Trail Race (18km)
    • No Under 18s

 

Under 18 entries are half price - enter now


Fun Trail

Check out the 1.5km fun trail for 6-12 year olds on Saturday 19th September at 12:00

 

Fun Trail kids race

 


Declaration

I declare that: 

  • I have read and understood the information on the website about the nature of the course, which features rough and remote mountain trail running;
  • I can apply sound mountain judgement at all times even if it means compromising my overall race result;
  • I can diligently concentrate and follow waymarking;
  • I accept full responsibility for my own safety and any injury sustained during the event. These are not the responsibility of the event organiser, their agents or the landowners;
  • I know my limitations and I am experienced enough to make a reasoned decision whether or not to start the event and/or to retire from the event rather than jeopardise my own or other people’s safety;
  • I understand that there is a risk of serious injury or death whilst participating in mountain and trail running events such as this;

Event Rules

It is the participant's responsibility to know and follow these rules:

  1. Participants must follow the Universal Event Rules applicable to all events organised by Ourea Events.

    We would like to highlight the following from the above, as these are the most likely to incur penalties or disqualification through ignorance:
    • Marked Mandatory Routes: Participants must follow the marked (i.e. flagged, waymarked or signed) mandatory routes without deviation. They may go directly from each marker to the next, but deviation (such as cutting corners in zig-zags or taking a direct line to a later marker) is forbidden.
       
    • Mandatory Kit: Participants must comply with any Equipment List and carry all mandatory items as specified at all times. Any transgression may result in not being allowed to start the race or disqualification.
       
    • Support Runners: Participants are not allowed support runners. Any person attempting this will cause their officially entered associate(s) to be disqualified immediately and all the runners involved may receive life bans from Ourea Ltd events.
       
    • Race Number: When issued, participants must display one race number on their front at all times and (when issued) a second race number must be attached to their rucksack. Race numbers can be obscured by waterproof clothing only. Race numbers must not be folded.
       
    • Littering: Any participant seen dropping litter will be disqualified.
       
  2. Rubbish: Participants may not dispose of any rubbish or food wrappings along the route. The only location at which rubbish can be deposited is at the finish. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
     
  3. Headphones: Participants must NOT wear headphones or listen to music at any point during the race. This rule will be strictly enforced.
     
  4. Trekking Poles: Participants may use trekking/hiking poles EXCEPT in the following places:
    • t.b.c.
       
  5. Equipment Dumping: It is not possible to leave equipment with anyone whilst on the course.
     
  6. External Support: Supplies of additional food, drink and kit is not allowed. Outside assistance will lead to disqualification.